Now in its seventh year, the Bar Convent trade show in Berlin attracts around 6,000 professionals from the bar and drinks industry in over 30 countries, including the UK. This year’s event, on October 8 and 9, promises to be bigger than ever with more than 100 exhibitors taking up 8,000 square metres at Station …

After winning the crown at this year’s Bols Around the World competition, Rusty Cerven has embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip beginning with a visit to New Orleans to experience Tales of the Cocktail first-hand. In this travelogue, Rusty details his time in New Orleans and the exciting five days in one of the cocktail capitals …

A preview of the seminars and other features at this year’s Boutique Bar Show in London on September 24 and 25 Leading bartenders will share insights and knowledge as part of a packed programme of events and experiences at this year’s Boutique Bar Show in London. Bars taking part include the Rivoli Bar at The …

Bar magazine editor Mark Ludmon checks out the cocktail scene in Rome From the “Maestro” Salvatore Calabrese and Peter Dorelli to young stars such as Simone Caporale at London’s Artesian Bar, some of the best bartenders working in the UK come from Italy. So, when I visited the Italian capital of Rome, my expectations were …

A team from the drinks trade will be raising funds for the National Brain Appeal this weekend by running the Islay Half Marathon, sponsored by whisky producer Ardbeg. The team includes drinks writers and representatives of bars, restaurants and shops that are Ardbeg Embassies around the UK. They are raising money in memory of Alan …

UK’s leading combi steamer brand celebrates 40th anniversary by giving away latest model The company that invented combi steaming, Rational, is 40 years old in 2013.  Rational is celebrating the anniversary by giving UK caterers the chance to win the world’s most popular combi steamer – the Rational SelfCookingCenter® whitefficiency®.  The prize, a six-grid model, …

Cocktail competitions and presentations by leading experts on cocktails and spirits are among the line-up of events at this year’s Boutique Bar Show in Manchester. The trade event at Manchester Town Hall on May 1 will showcase more than 100 spirits, liqueurs and beers from over 30 companies. Products new to the UK will include …

Jack Daniel’s has long been a favourite for rock icons and, like Jack Daniel himself, those legends achieved success by working hard and staying true to their independent spirit. Before the arenas and stadiums, they learnt their craft by playing intimate gigs in their local small venues. We think those venues are worth celebrating so …

Investing in clothing and interiors can help to reinforce a bar’s branding At Rocket restaurants and bars in London and Nottingham, the company has developed a consistent brand image which can be found subtly running across the menus and interiors at all the sites. However, operations manager Amit Joshi says new uniforms aim to reflect …

From furniture to lighting, outside space should receive as much attention as a bar’s interior, reports Mark Ludmon Space is at a premium in town and city centres but a courtyard, flat roof or small patch of pavement could be turned into an outside space that is a money spinner. “While destination pubs out in …